ac·​a·​de·​mia | \ ˌa-kə-ˈdē-mē-ə How to pronounce academia (audio) \

Definition of academia

: the life, community, or world of teachers, schools, and education : academe scientists in industry and academia a career in academia

Examples of academia in a Sentence

She found the business world very different from academia.
Recent Examples on the Web But Hannah-Jones’s case underscores the vulnerability of academia to political interference, and the urgent need to protect freedom of thought, some scholars say., 17 July 2021 Three news-making events -- in the worlds of academia, sports journalism and public policy -- speak to the ubiquity of Black Americans having to constantly strive for dignity and respect in predominantly White spaces. Richard J. Reddick, CNN, 13 July 2021 The pervasive cloud of wokism has seeped into almost every branch of academia. Aron Ravin, National Review, 5 July 2021 The concept emerged decades ago as a method of legal analysis, and it largely was confined to the realm of academia. Talia Richman, Dallas News, 23 June 2021 Today’s historicism is a fulfillment of that discourse, having migrated from the margins of academia to the heart of the liberal establishment. Matthew Karp, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 In the world of academia, the college degree is used first. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 12 June 2021 But the theory — once limited to the halls of academia — has taken on fresh currency as a cultural flash point. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 The statement expresses unusually hard-hitting sentiments for a group of scholars, who typically prefer to couch their opinions in the cautious language of academia. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of academia

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for academia

latinization of academy (with -ia suggesting a geographic entity), after its Latin etymon, Acadēmia

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The first known use of academia was in 1903

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21 Jul 2021

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“Academia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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